United Methodists are urged to give up lunch and save lives by using that money to buy an insecticide-treated bed net. Bishop Janice Riggle Huie is asking United Methodists and others to skip lunch on Wednesday, April 25, Africa Malaria Day, and use their lunch money to buy a lifesaving mosquito bed net.
President George W. Bush is designating April 25 as "Malaria Awareness Day" in the U.S. in conjunction with Africa Malaria Day.
The people of The United Methodist Church are a founding partner in the Nothing But Nets campaign, which is taking aim at one of Africa's biggest killers of children by protecting families from disease-carrying mosquitoes. Other founding partners include the United Nations Foundation, the National Basketball Association's NBA Cares and Sports Illustrated. For each $10 donation, a bed net is purchased and distributed to Africa, where education also is provided about its use.
Local churches are encouraged to join the effort by holding a lunchtime worship service focusing on malaria on April 25. Downloadable resources, including suggestions about how churches can get involved, graphics, and worship materials, are available at www.umc.org/nets.